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Presser Foot Storage

January 16th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

My Pfaff 1229 has storage for the five most commonly used presser feet on the top of the machine, but over the years I’ve acquired quite a few more of these handy accessories.  I store them in a double-sided box meant for fishing tackle:

I’ve tucked the labels for each foot into the corresponding slot, or provided labels for those that came without.  I might go a few years without using a specific foot; this ensures that I’ll have a clue what I’ve got when I go hunting for the right foot for a rare task.

There’s a loop in the end of this particular box, which makes it perfect for hanging up behind my machine:

That hook solves one of the banes of sewing — not being able to find the tool you want when you most need it.  I find, too, that I’m more likely to use my “library” of presser feet if they’re handy; that’s made my sewing easier and more efficient.  And more fun, too!

By the way, if you own (or acquire) a wonderful Pfaff 1229, presser feet and accessories marked “D” are the ones that fit your machine.  I’d suspected this for years, but many of my feet also fit other machines, so I wrote to Pfaff customer service recently, and they confirmed my suspicion.  Although my Pfaff is 25 years old, a surprising number of these accessory feet are still available, as they’re also compatible with much newer machines.

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  1. June 22nd, 2012 at 08:42 | #1


    I am a quilter & I just acquired a Pfaff 1229. Just had it cleaned & am learning how to use it & what will work with it. I think I am going to like it for piecing, but wish it had a needle down position. Am thrilled about the upper feed system though.
    I am so glad I found your site. I was just searching internet to find what feet will work with it. There are some in the case that really look strange to me. Thanks for posting this info. It will be very helpful to me.

    • June 26th, 2012 at 09:58 | #2

      Hi, Ava. I’m not a quilter, so I’m not sure exactly what the needle down position does, but one thing I love about my Pfaff is that the needle stops, immediately, exactly where it is at the moment I cut the power. I’ve never had another machine that gave me such control over the needle! You might experiment a bit and see if you are able to use yours for the same sort of function as the “needle down”. Good luck with your machine; it’s a truly wonderful one.

  2. January 18th, 2011 at 22:52 | #3

    Oh my, you are so organized. For now, mine remain in a drawer!

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